York Cause Papers now online

clip_image002I wasn’t sure what Cause Papers were until I read about this new website. It seems that they are the papers relating to cases heard by the Church Courts, now I had heard about those and I was excited to find that thanks to funding from JISC they are now available online for the Diocese of York.

The website says …..

Documents detailing cases heard in the church courts of the diocese of York from 1300 to 1858 can now be explored online.

The Cause Papers Database, available at www.hrionline.ac.uk/causepapers, has been digitised thanks to a grant from funding body JISC and allows visitors to search and view more than 14,000 records held at the Borthwick Institute for Archives at the University of York.

The set features details of a wide range of social and religious issues, from marriages and separations to subjects that are now regarded as more secular, including taxation and professional misconduct.

“The York Cause Papers Database is a wonderful resource for family and local historians,” says archivist Paul Dryburgh. “More than 200,000 people, from places ranging from York parishes to as far afield as Russia and America, have now been catalogued. Such a rich variety of cases, including breach of faith, defamation, immorality and testamentary, gives exciting insights into the real life concerns and experiences of your ancestors.”



Diocesan of York, Cause Papers, Borthwick Institute, Family History, Genealogy

Aborfield, Berkshire Local History

ArborfieldAn website which will be of interest to all those with ancestors from the Aborfield area of Berkshire. It has a parish history timeline, a page about the families who have lived in the village for generations, information about properties in the village, memories of the village by long time residents and much more. Always good to find a website specialising in “your” village.



Aborfield, Berkshire, Local History, Family History, Genealogy

East Devon Tithe Maps


clip_image002East Devon comprises 29 parishes and the Tithe Maps for these parishes have been digitised and are now freely available online. The site notes that the map for Rousdown is not at the Devon Record Office and the Sidford map is yet to be scanned.

A nice, straight forward easy to use to website with just one click to get you to the actual map.




Southern Brooks Archaeology


clip_image002Great site for those who live or have ancestry in the South Gloucestershire area covered by this website.


The pages covering the history of Stoke Gifford are wonderful and a template for what all village history websites show be like. Must make a start on the website I keep thinking about on the village of Goosey in Berkshire (yes I know it is now in Oxfordshire, but my granny who was born there would not agree with you!!)




Picture The Past – Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Photos online


Picture the Past, Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire photosThis website offers access to photographic collection that previously have only been available through the libraries concerned. Now they are all online and searchable by a variety of search criteria. I did a search for Bakewell where my Matkin family come from and there were 611 photographs on offer. Another good thing is that they say you can print them off at home for personal use only without greeting into strife with the libraries concerned.

The website says…..

The libraries and museums of Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire have in their collections, hundreds of thousands of historic photographs, slides, negatives, glass plates, postcards and engravings recalling the history of the local communities over the last hundred years and more.

In the past, these treasures were held in filing cabinets and anyone who wanted to see them would have to make a trip to the library or museum – perhaps to several different locations. Thanks to a major award from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the four authorities are now working in partnership to digitise the images and make them available on the Internet, through this unique website.